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Starz Digital Media Brings “Power” to UK Audiences for Early Digital Purchase
|By Business Wire
|June 9, 2014 04:08 AM EDT
Starz Digital Media, the global digital and on-demand licensing and
content syndication arm of Starz, announced an early digital purchase
opportunity in the UK for the widely-anticipated new STARZ Original
series, “Power.” Beginning today, the first full hour-long episode of
“Power,” from Executive Producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and
Creator/Showrunner/Executive Producer Courtney Kemp Agboh, is available
in the UK with select digital partners.
Digital electronic sell-through (EST) purchases in the UK are now
available through (alphabetically); Amazon Instant Video, blinkbox,
Google Play, iTunes, Sony Entertainment Network, and Xbox Video.
New episodes will be made available for individual purchase in the UK on
Mondays following the exclusive Saturday night premiere on the STARZ
premium pay TV network in the United States. Discounted full season
purchases are also available beginning today with new episodic content
delivered concurrent with episode availability.
“Enthusiasm from our digital partners in the United Kingdom for the
latest STARZ Original series, ‘Power,’ led us to give UK fans a unique
opportunity to purchase episodes the next business day after their
respective worldwide premieres,” said Mara Winokur, Senior Vice
President, Digital at Starz Digital Media.
Winokur continued, “’Power’ is a contemporary drama that will especially
appeal to younger demographic audiences. Coupled with strong
cross-promotional interest from our partners for Curtis ’50 Cent’
Jackson’s recently released new album, ‘Animal Ambition,’ which features
select songs from ‘Power,’ and interest in this market is piqued for the
hot new series.”
“Power” tells the story of a visionary crime drama set in two different
worlds, the glamorous New York club scene and the brutal drug trade.
James “Ghost” St. Patrick has it all: a beautiful wife, a gorgeous
Manhattan penthouse, and the hottest, up-and-coming new nightclub in New
York. His club, Truth, caters to the elite: the famous and infamous
boldface names that run the city that never sleeps. As its success
grows, so do Ghost’s plans to build an empire. However, Truth hides an
ugly reality. It’s a front for Ghost’s criminal underworld; a lucrative
drug network, serving only the wealthy and powerful.
As Ghost is seduced by the prospect of a legitimate life, everything
precious to him becomes unknowingly threatened. Once you’re in, can you
ever get out?
The cast is led by Omari Hardwick (Sparkle, For Colored Girls,
Kick Ass, “Being Mary Jane”) and joined by Lela Loren (Snitch,
“Gang Related”), Naturi Naughton (Fame, “The Client List,” “Mad
Men”) and Joseph Sikora (Jack Reacher, Safe, “Boardwalk
Empire”). Hardwick stars as main character ‘James “Ghost” St. Patrick’;
Loren plays ‘Angela Valdes,’ an old flame of James’s who unexpectedly
reenters his life; Naughton plays ‘Tasha St. Patrick,’ wife, confidant
and willing accomplice to James and Sikora plays ‘Tommy Egan,’ childhood
best friend and business partner to “Ghost.”
The series is created by Courtney Kemp Agboh (Emmy® nominated
for "The Good Wife"), and serves as executive producer and showrunner.
Mark Canton (300, Immortals, 300: Rise of an Empire),
Randall Emmett (End of Watch, 2 Guns, Lone Survivor)
and David Knoller (“Big Love,” “Carnivàle”) also serve as executive
producers. The series is produced in association with CBS Television
The first episode of “Power” premiered on STARZ on June 7, 2014, as part
of its eight episode first season, with each episode one hour in length.
About Starz Digital Media
Starz Digital Media is a leading distributor of digital and on-demand
content. Starz Digital Media distributes original programming content
(Starz and AMC), feature films (The Weinstein Company, Anchor Bay
Films), anime (Manga Entertainment) and other filmed entertainment
utilizing various business models including download-to-own/electronic
sell-through, video-on-demand, pay-per-view, subscription
video-on-demand and ad-supported streaming. Starz Digital Media also
programs and supports numerous ad-supported broadband channels and
develops games, applications and other related content from many of its
properties for distribution worldwide. Starz Digital Media is a Starz
(NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) business, www.starz.com.
Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and
entertainment company with operating units that provide premium
subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels
(Starz Networks), global content distribution (Starz Distribution) and
animated television and movie production (Starz Animation), www.starz.com.
Starz Networks is a leading provider of premium subscription video
programming through the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE®
pay TV networks which showcase premium original programming and movies
to U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators,
satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies. As of
March 31, 2014, STARZ and ENCORE serve a combined 56.3 million
subscribers, including 21.9 million at STARZ, and 34.4 million at
ENCORE, making them the largest pair of premium flagship channels in the
U.S. STARZ® and ENCORE®, along with Starz
Networks’ third network MOVIEPLEX®, air over 1,000
movies monthly across 17 linear networks, complemented by On Demand and
authenticated online offerings through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and
MOVIEPLEX PLAY. Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires
entertainment content, distributing it to consumers globally on DVD,
digital formats and traditional television. Starz Distribution’s home
video, digital media and worldwide distribution business units
distribute original programming content produced by Starz, as well as
entertainment content for itself and third parties. Starz Animation
produces animated TV and movie content for studios, networks,
distributors and audiences worldwide.
For high-resolution images and other press materials please visit the
Starz Press Room at www.starz.mediaroom.com.
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